A friend of mine is adopting a baby from a 15 yr old girl who she knows through another relative, and she wanted to give the birth mom something special to remember her child by and as a thank you for allowing her and her husband to adopt (they've been trying to have a baby for several years now).
My friend found a poem online for a "birth mom bracelet", and sent it to me, and asked if I could make something for her to give her.
Here's the poem:
-The heart is to remind us that our hearts deserve a safe
place, where we will be treated with kindness, where
we give kindness in return.
-The pearl is to remind us that we are valuable in
the lives of our children.
-The diamond (actually an Austrian crystal) is to
remind us that we are all diamonds in the rough,
and that sometimes we need to dig deep to
find the treasure in others and ourselves.
- The leaf is to remind us that there are many seasons
to our lives, times of growth, of flourishing, of letting
go and quiet waiting.
-The star is to remind us to give word to our wishes
-The teardrop is to remind us that tears of sadness
and laughter are cleansing, and are important to shed.
- The rose quartz is said to promote healing of
heartache and loneliness.
- The ring is to remind us of the love we have for our
children and the commitment we have made to be
a loving presence in their lives.
- And finally, these beads are strung on a fine wire cable,
to remind all birthmothers that they are connected,
and that we are stronger together than we are apart.
After much scouring of my stash, and three different online bead sites, I came up with this:
The pink and blue beads are druk glass, as is the leaf. The pearl, "diamond",and teardrop are Swarovski, and the silver beads are sterling sliver. My Quartz turned out to be loads larger than we had thought (the site said it was 18mm, and it really is nearly 2cm long!), so it wound up being the centerpiece for the bracelet. The "ring" is actually the loop side of a small toggle clasp.
I really hope my friend and the birth mother like it!